'''Harold MacGrath''' (September 4, 1871 – October 30, 1932) was a bestselling American novelist
, short story
writer, and screenwriter
Also known occasionally as Harold '''McGrath''', he was born in Syracuse, New York
. As a young man, he worked as a reporter and columnist for the ''Syracuse Herald-Journal|Syracuse Herald
'' newspaper until the late 1890s when he published his first novel, a romance titled ''Arms and the Woman''. According to the New York Times
, his next book, ''The Puppet Crown'', was the List of bestselling novels in the United States|No.7 bestselling book
in the United States for all of 1901. MacGrath subsequently wrote novels for the mass market about love, adventure, mystery, spies, and the like at an average rate of more than one a year. He would have three more of his books that were among the top ten bestselling books of the year. At the same time, he published a number of short story|short...